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July 27, 2011 AD

Why Christians celebrate services on Sunday

A wise commentator to the World Net Daily, Santiago Matamoros, made some very interesting observations about the continual debasement of Christianity by Richard Rives in his video series "Just the facts"

This is where many Protestants get preachy -- they pass judgment on trivial matters when they should be passing judgment on matters of substance in Christ.

Most people today take off work on both "the Sabbath" Saturday as well as the first day of the week off - Sunday. They satisfy either interpretation of the Sabbath.

Many others work on both days. They defile both interpretations.

But to place the observance of the resurrection of Christ above one of the 10 Commandments of Moses, and condemning that is indeed condemning substance over the shadow of things to come.

Perhaps Richard Rives honestly believes he needs to "take the log out of the eye" of Christianity before he "takes the speck out of the eye" of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and the like, but he appears to me to be a false prophet who would have been burned at the stake in previous eras.

Mr. Farah,

Richard Rives is teaching heresy, and by extension, so are you. This is not a dispute over political opinion, but as he declares a matter of the defense of the faith.

Whether or not unbelievers misunderstood early Christian worship, and even if some Christians erred in practice, it is not true that Christians by Tertullian's day had perverted the traditions of the first Christians. The first Christians worshiped on Sunday, and not only were they not rebuked by the Apostles for doing so, but they were encouraged by them, obviously because of Christ's resurrection:

    On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
    (Acts 20:7 ESV)

    On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.
    (1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV)

    Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
    (Colossians 2:16-17 ESV)
-- Santiago Matamoros, in a letter to Joseph Farah of WND

Source: Richard Rives
Just the Facts

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